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A stage director, award-winning actor, and nationally recognized theater educator, Nancy Houfek presents workshops combining communication, negotiation and leadership techniques for corporations, think tanks, universities, and professional organizations throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. At Harvard, where she was Head of Voice & Speech for the Tony Award winning American Repertory Theater from 1997- 2014, Nancy also taught in programs at the Kennedy School of Government, the Harvard School of Public Health, and the Medical School. Nancy continues her work there with the Radcliffe Fellows, the Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, the Graduate School of Design and the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning. The Act of Teaching, a film of her work with Harvard faculty produced by the Bok Center, has been distributed to faculty development centers nationwide. Since 1999, she has been a facilitator for COACh (the Committee on the Advancement of Women Chemists) offering negotiation and communication workshops to scientists. She has also been a presenter for the Science Leadership Program since its inception in 2013 at the University of Toronto.
Nancy holds a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.F.A. from San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater, where she remained as an actor, director and coach for nearly a decade. She has also held faculty or guest positions at the University of Washington, the Drama Studio of London, Southern Methodist University and the University of Minnesota. Nancy received seven consecutive awards for excellence in teaching from Harvard University. Nancy’s performance career spanned several decades in theaters from New York to California. Publications include articles in Voice & Speech Training in the New Millennium: Conversations with Master Teachers by Nancy Saklad, The New England Theater Journal, The Voice & Speech Review, The Complete Voice and Speech Workout and the VASTA (Voice and Speech Trainer's Association) News.